Equity celebrates its century

Yearlong series of events kicks off in June

Actors’ Equity Assn., the labor union of legit thesps, will launch a yearlong celebration of the org’s 100th anniversary with a Gotham ceremony in June, continuing with a series of public initiatives and programs culminating in a starry bash in April 2013.

The launch event in Times Square, set for the morning of June 5, will assemble thesps, stage members (who also are repped by Equity) and other legiters and fans for public perfs and interviews.

Also on tap for the coming year is a travelling exhibition called “Behind the Curtain,” a multimedia museum housed in a converted cargo trailer and dedicated to theater history and memorabilia. Exact stops for the exhibit have yet to be set.

Equity also will program a round table series of public talks with stage actors to be held in a number of cities around the country. Already available online is a digital collection of oral histories and member anecdotes called “The Narrative Project.”

A book detailing the history of Equity, “Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors’ Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater” by Robert Simonson, will be published by Applause Books in September.

Exact lineup, date and venue for the April 2013 event remains to be determined.

For its centennial the union has assembled a committee of thesps under the banner 100 for 100, with a roster including Alec Baldwin, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Neil Patrick Harris, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg and Nathan Lane.

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